|City/Town: • Mountain Home|
|Location Class: • Amusement • Commercial|
|Year Built: • 1974 | Year Abandoned: • 1990's|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eddy Sisson|
Mountain Home, Arkansas’ Fun Mountain was a favorite among locals for its unique atmosphere and attractions. Known for its water slides and outdoor ski-ball, Fun Mountain became a frequent weekend hot spot for entire families in the area. Despite its apparent popularity and several testimonials recalling fond memories of the place, Fun Mountain struggled financially since its inception.
In 1976, construction on the “Amusement Center” was spearheaded by Kenneth Martin, a man from Mountain Home with a dream of bringing an outdoor family amusement park to the small Arkansas town. While it was received very well by the locals, the area was just too small to support such an ambitious endeavor; as a result, Fun Mountain closed and reopened at least three times between 1976 and 1999.
Today the main building is burned down leaving few remnants of its history behind. Many of the attractions are still there, though they are mostly decrepit and run down. The water slides are filled mostly with a brown, swamp-like water and the roots of the surrounding trees are beginning to climb down the walls of the pools. Much of the outlying area has been raided and much of the remaining buildings are covered in graffiti.
Without any plans to demolish or renovate Fun Mountain, the only one with a season pass to this amusement park is mother nature.
Article written by Wells Thompson – AAR staff